Crisis Informatics
The Evolving Role of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT)

Colin Whitmore, EMT-B
Emergency Management Analyst
ICF International

Leysia Palen, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Computer Science
University of Colorado, Boulder

October 8, 2008

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Related Websites:

University of Colorado connectivIT Research Group
University of Colorado Crisis Informatics Papers
Jul. 2008 Business Week article
, "Making Maps Work When Disaster Strikes"
Feb. 2008 IAEM Bulletin article, "Crisis Informatics"
Hurricane Ike Info on
Hurricane Ike Maps on
Social Media Landscape, Fred Cavazza
An Online Social Network for Emergency Management, Connie White (in review)
9/5/08 "Road to Ready" radio broadcast with Drs. Leysia Palen and Jeanette Sutton

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"My only complaint - didn't last long enough. This topic was excellent and the presenters had wonderful insightful ideas. I enjoyed hearing their solutions and enjoyed hearing other people's thoughts and questions. Thank you very much!"
Connie White

"It was usefull to find out how others 'see' the social network groups and that we all have the same concerns."
Karla Ramos

"Wish there was more time. Great Topic! Would like to see posting of actual files for research prior to event posted on EM Forum's site rather than linked to various other sites. Maybe allow a way to post questions prior to forum to facilitate more time for panel to prepare answers."
Hal Grieb

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Colin Whitmore was a member of the Virginia Tech Rescue Squad from February 2004 until May 2007. During that time he held the ranks of Vice President, President, and Lieutenant. As a Lieutenant he coordinated all aspects of training for the squad’s 40+ members. On April 16, 2007 Colin served as the EMS Commander for the tragic shootings on the Virginia Tech campus; coordinating the emergency medical response to Norris Hall. He has since completed college with a degree in Finance. Colin now works for ICF International, a consulting firm based out of Fairfax, VA, serving in the fields of Emergency Management and Homeland Security

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Leysia Palen is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the University of Colorado, Boulder and a faculty fellow with the Institute for the Alliance of Technology, Learning and Society (ATLAS) and the Institute of Cognitive Science (ICS). Her training and interests are socio-technical, with a focus on ethnographic studies of work practice that inform technology design, implementation, and policy.

Prior to her appointment at Colorado, she completed her PhD at the University of California, Irvine in Information and Computer Science and her undergraduate education in Cognitive Science at the University of California, San Diego. Professor Palen, who partners with CU's Natural Hazards Center, was awarded a 2006 National Science Federation Early CAREER Grant to study information dissemination in disaster events. In 2005-2006, Professor Palen was a visiting professor at the University of Aarhus, Denmark in the Center for Interactive Spaces and the Center for Pervasive Healthcare.